Three Steps to Building Online Courses

Dorothy S. Bass


In the last episode of Two Ed Tech Men Consider Questions Rushton and I answered a question about applications for creating on the web classes. That was the next time in a few times that I fielded a issue on that subject. So I believe it’s a subject matter value covering for a broader viewers.

The following applications and methods can be applied regardless of whether you are developing an on the net, self-paced professional growth class to share in your school or you are creating a course for your learners.

Produce Classes

The 1st phase is to create the class content material. Generating small video clip classes is a fantastic way to do that. I suggest using Screencastify to develop your personal shorter classes each time it is practical to do so.

There are two factors of Screencastify that I like for the objective of earning movie lessons. 1st, the free of charge version restrictions you to 5 minutes for every video which is practical in forcing you to generate succinct classes. It is greater to have two video clips that are every single five minutes than a single that is ten minutes. Persons are a lot more probably to observe all of the 10 minutes when it’s damaged into smaller chunks. The second part of Screencastify that is wonderful for generating video clip lessons is the ability to insert questions specifically into the timeline of your video clip. Watch this movie for a demo of that aspect.

If you really do not want to make your have video clips or you obtain that there is a video that greater illustrates the point of your lesson, then check out applying Edpuzzle to increase interactive concerns to that video. Here’s my demo of how to use Edpuzzle.

Agenda Classes

Of course, the program that you set for distributing your classes will be dependent on a quantity of aspects which includes irrespective of whether or not the study course is graded, completion deadlines, and the total objective of the program. Fortunately, the distribution applications that I attribute in the upcoming portion can be used to distribute classes on any routine of your deciding upon.

If you’re developing an on the net training course for summer time skilled enhancement for personnel in your college (as was the circumstance with 1 reader who arrived at out to me final 7 days), then I’d normally suggest a speed of no a lot more than two lessons a week. That provides anyone time to digest the lesson and finish any responsibilities associated with it in a at ease timeframe.

Distribute Classes

If you have examine this much, there’s a very good chance you’re currently wondering, “I’ll just distribute the system content material as a result of Google Classroom (or Teams or Canvas).” That is a fine way to do it and it could be your only option if what you are developing is a graded program for college students.

Alternatively, you might take into account distributing your study course through scheduled e-mail. The upside to this process is that you have much more flexibility for personalizing every single lesson as wanted. In addition, an individual who decides to just take the class just after it has started out can truly full the classes in the correct sequence instead of leaping into the middle and making an attempt to scroll back again in an LMS.

ConvertKit (the email service I use for this newsletter) has a free of charge plan that is additional than sufficient for distributing on the internet training course material. It even incorporates some slick course registration webpage templates. View this video to discover how to use ConvertKit to make an on-line system.

Place It All Jointly

Final Thursday I recorded a brief video clip that demonstrates how to place together an on-line skilled improvement course using Screencastify, Edpuzzle, and Google Classroom. You can check out that demo suitable listed here.

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